Traveling Nutrition IV

I’m always amazed – and sincerely touched – by the support of social networks from like-minded but total strangers.  We all have different goals, needs, and circumstances…but it’s neat to see the general camaraderie surrounding the broader aim to stay healthy, and make good choices for ourselves.  I posted a few photos from a recent trip and was touched by how many folks even cared.

I’ve enumerated at length how utterly terrifying traveling used to be for me – the eating disorders that accompanied my PTSD made leaving my parents’ home, at the time, nigh impossible – forget getting in a car for hours, or – god forbid – getting on a plane.

I worried about what I would eat, if I could eat, who would be eating what types a foods around me. . . The prospect was enough to launch a generally debilitating panic attack, so to be able to travel at all now…and with some ease…is a gift I never take for granted.

What makes it a TON easier is to have the support of those closest to me – I’m not sure where I’d be without it, to be honest.

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The most recent – a rather last-minute – trip was to a car show out in California.  Long flight, several hours in the car on both sides, and lots of fast food (that my stomach couldn’t handle if I wanted it to!) When I travel I always pack a plethora of snacks, but in this case, I brought extra.

The great news beyond that, though, is that SO many places have options – they may not be main menu options, but they do exist, you need only ask. Yes, even on the plane!

Protein can be a little tricky to travel with but there are packaged options that don’t need a refrigerator, such as turkey and chicken jerky, nuts, and tuna, chicken, or salmon packs. I get a few looks sometimes but I feel my best when I eat as close to my “usual” as possible so it’s all good. 🙂 

Whole fruits like apples and freeze dried version are a sweet option to tote along, as are pre-portioned snacks like peanut butter crackers. When out to dinner, fish and chicken prepared as simply as possible are great choices, along with veggies to fill you up.  One of the restaurants had a “salsa” as cocktail sauce with their shrimp and I actually used it as a salad dressing because it was so good, and had very little in it (versus a heavier dressing whose ingredients I’d be unable to decipher.) 

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As for airports there are lots of options hiding out – turkey slices or chicken breasts are generally available where sandwiches are made, salads are always available, fruit cups are offered at coffee bars and meal establishments…even boiled eggs can be found in some places as well (sometimes they are even in pre-packaged salads too!) It may be a mix and match but you can definitely find options that work.

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So don’t lose heart if you have to be on the road or away from your usual meals at home.  It is definitely doable to eat clean and to be satisfied – a few snacks in your bag can help when cravings hit, and most of the time a restaurant is MORE than happy to prepare something more simple.  Don’t be afraid to ask!

More Deliciousness

Rainy Day Fun

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This weekend we had a whole smattering of rain… After our healthy breakfast, we thought we might go visit a farm, just for some fun and sunshine.  But, those water drops came down early, and our trip was out rather suddenly!

It’s been a long time since I visited the amazing sites around my old college campus (the White House WAS my neighbor!) so rather out of the blue, we chose to hit the road – sitting around makes me feel lethargic!  (Active rest CAN include walking for a few hours, even if inside…)

We decided we’d visit one of the Smithsonian complexes on the mall (nevermind the St, Patrick’s Day parade we didn’t realize was going on simultaneously!) because really, what better place to explore when you can’t be outside?  

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I haven’t gone into a Natural History Museum in ages, and I have to say…it was an incredible joy.  As a little girl, I wanted desperately to be an archeologist – the prospect of discovering some meaningful antiquity, coming face to face with a mummy, or finding precious rocks had me enamored.  

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Maybe it was the idea that I’d be close to Earth…and in finding such things, I would have “touched” history in a way – like time travel, albeit not temporally!  

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Anyway…it always amazes me to see the wonders of the Natural World, and it was a perfect activity for such a gloomy day.  After the visit, my cloudy white cowboy boots (to jive with the grey skies) and all-black attire marched to a Hard Rock cafe for some fuel.  Most people would say you can’t fin anything healthy in a restaurant like that  but…I did!  Admittedly, the first time it didn’t come out as I asked…but…we managed!

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You can always ask for plain, grilled fish (I usually ask for this instead of chicken, which often is overly marinated already) and steamed vegetables.  My plate came with mashed potatoes, but I just ignored them (had I known they came in tow, I would have requested they save the food!)  It was exactly what I needed after a lengthy afternoon – protein works wonders to stabilize you, and keep you full longer.  I always as for veggies too because I need volume.

All in all, it was a wonderful day – I enjoyed being out and about, and doing something new and different. I know many folks go to Museums for their children, but it is equally as enriching as an adult…plus, even when it’s pouring, you get to walk round and stay active.  Win, win, win! 🙂 

Healthy Options – Day Trip

I had the blessing to visit an old college haunt this weekend with my man – Old Glory BBQ in Georgetown, Washington, D.C..  We ate with such frequency that I remembered tables where I once sat, as well as dishes no longer on the menu…  Good times! 😀

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I try to be as healthy as I can when I’m traveling, and I am incredibly thankful I am able to do so – once upon a time, that was nigh impossible.  (I also have the support of my significant other, which is a huge deal in my book.)

Despite the down-home-comfort of most of what they serve, it was incredibly easy to get a healthy meal.  The turkey was smoked and grilled, and the veggies were grilled on a kebab – perfect!  If sodium was a substantial concern, the smoked turkey may have been substituted with the chicken (which generally had less, as I recall.)  But overall, it was a delicious (and filling!) combination of protein and veggies.

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We got a little hungry later so we stopped at D&D on M Street – a supermarket would have been better in the pricing department, but I was thankful to be able to buy fresh fruit so I’m not complaining!  Grapes have quite a bit of sugar, but we walked quite a bit, and had a long drive back home – for me, that was just what I needed.  I loved the mixture of green, red and black grapes, too – the colors and taste variety keep the snack interesting.

More of my nutritional stuff here!

Snow Day Snacks

Depending on where you are, you may have gotten some snow the other day – for many locations in the US, it was a nice, wintery foot and a half or so.  

Now I realize it isn’t as easy to get around in inclement weather (or the aftermath)… And I, too, have to stand on those horrific impending-apocalypse lines at the supermarket.  But I LOVE the Seasons, and I LOVE snow – it changes things up and gives us a chance to SLOW DOWN (rest days?  What are those?!)

My man and I decided to venture out during the blizzard (I mean, why make it easy for ourselves!?)  The pubs in the area had promised to stay open and sure enough, they were.  We wandered (er, were wind-blown!) into one we hadn’t yet tried, and were delightfully surprised – there may have been only four of us in the entire place, but they were incredibly accommodating.

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Not only was I able to get coffee with almond milk (how many pubs have that, you ask?  Not many!), but I was also able to order something clean and delicious for lunch – sliced, roasted turkey.

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The menu was very limited but the bartender didn’t bat a lash when I said I didn’t drink, and that I wanted turkey…minus the sandwich part!  It seems like a small thing, but it is the kind of accommodation and consideration I truly appreciate – while the world has become more conscious overall, offering healthy options at restaurants, it still can’t be expected that every establishment is on board.  

I’m not as flexible with my nutritional choices as most people and I am always and ever thankful to be met with “no problem” or even “let me double check for you!”  

The turkey happened to be UH-MAZING, and I made a point to tell the owner that if I liked it…it is DEFINITELY good!  

Yes indeed, Mrs. Particular LOVED it – it was just what I needed for a snowy day.